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Butterfly Pavilion Announces Naming Contest for Our New Octopus

Can you come up with the winning name for our Octoups Vulgaris, the common octopus?

Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion announced today a naming contest for its newest invertebrate, an Octopus vulgaris. During the week of April 23-28, visitors to the Westminster-based Butterfly Pavilion can see the octopus and submit a name for consideration. 

Name Our New Octo-Tentacled Invertebrate Resident

Butterfly Pavilion staff will select the five best names for a public vote at Butterflies.org the week of April 30-May 3, revealing the winner during the May the Fourth celebration on May 4, 2018.  The winner will receive a Butterfly Pavilion family membership and a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo.

The Butterfly Pavilion’s new cephalopod (invertebrates in the squid/octopus family) is from the Florida Keys, but others can be found throughout tropical and sub-tropical areas of the Atlantic Ocean. With an average lifespan of 1-2 years and ranging in size from 12-36″ and 6 ½ to 22 pounds, these octopuses are famous for the unique way the defend themselves in the wild –  creating a thick cloud of ink that can dull a predator’s sense of smell and allow the octopus to get away. They are also known for their intelligence and even collect shells to decorate their dens knowns as octopus gardens.

“People are able to relate to octopuses in a way that is unrivaled by any other invertebrate,” notes Butterfly Pavilion aquarist, Sara Stevens. “Due to their intelligence and almost childlike way in which octopuses interact with the world, our guests seem to connect and fall in love with them very easily. It’s an animal that instantly creates a sense of awe and wonder, making them fun and important ambassadors for ocean conservation.”

A unique way to see the new octopus and offer up a name will be during two live feedings next week, Tuesday and Friday at 2:30 p.m. Octopuses eat crustaceans, bivalves (clams, mussels, etc.) and fish.

Butterfly Pavilion is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 6252 West 104th Ave., Westminster. Admission is $8/children (2-12), $12/adults (Westminster residents $10), $10/seniors and children under 2 are free. Learn more about Butterfly Pavilion’s permanent exhibits, important education, research and conservation work at www.butterflies.org or by calling 303-469-5441.

Upcoming Special Events
Wings & Wine – May 11, 2018
Engage the senses with divine tastes, enchanting melodies and the magic of free-flying butterflies. This sommelier-led wine and cuisine tasting is perfect for the connoisseur and novice alike.
Bloomapalooza – May 19, 2018
Explore the sights, smells, textures and tastes of plants from around the world and get inspired to conserve them! The event includes a pollinator plant sale, hands-on gardening activities, incredible plant and animal encounters, plus delectable tastings in the beer and mead garden featuring Wonderland Brewery and Queen Bee Brews (and much more)!

Now Open: Survival
Colorado’s only invertebrate zoo is now showing Survival. This exhibit gives a fascinating, up-close look at the incredible ways some of the world’s smallest animals overcome the challenges of an invertebrate world. Survival helps guests of all ages learn about these adaptations through interactive displays, technology and live animal encounters. Experiences include a dragonfly launch pad, a simulated beetle battle, tarantula feedings twice weekly and much more! For additional information visit Butterflies.org

Membership
The best way to explore the diversity of invertebrates, which make up 97% of animals on earth, is through a Butterfly Pavilion membership. Butterfly Pavilion offers flexible membership options, which open the door to science learning, animal exploration, and year-round entertainment that will engage and inspire. Members enjoy unlimited and unrestricted access 363 days a year and special discounts, all while supporting Butterfly Pavilion’s mission to foster an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation.

About Butterfly Pavilion:
Founded in July 1995 and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Butterfly Pavilion is the world’s only stand-alone, AZA-accredited invertebrate zoo, occupying a 30,000-square foot facility on an 11-acre campus provided by the City of Westminster, Colorado. Butterfly Pavilion’s mission is to foster an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Learn more at www.butterflies.org.

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Media Contacts:
Kristen Petitt Stewart, kstewart@butterflies.org or 970-389-1561
Russ Pecoraro, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, rpecoraro@butterflies.org or 720.375.9984

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